proper noun m
- (given name, male, ) ;an English surname.
- An archangel associated with carrying messages from God
- (Islam) an angel associated with the revelation of the Qur'an
- A Hindu God of intellect and wisdom, son of Parvati and Shiva. He is the husband of Bharati, Riddhi, and Siddhi. He is also known as the Remover of Obstacles, Lord of education, prudence, luck and fortune, gates, doors, doorways, household and writing. Ganesha is represented with a head of a one-tusked elephant, four arms, and is usually accompanied by a mouse. He can also be described as a God of Beginnings, as he is usually the god who is invoked before any other god at ceremonies and before any work. Ganesha is also known as the writer of Mahabharata.
- A non-Muslim, especially a Christian; an infidel.
- 1963, Thomas Pynchon, V.:
- :We men are not a race of freebooters or giaours; not when our argosies are prey and food to the evil fish-of-metal whose lair is a German U-boat.
- 2001, Orhan Pamuk, My Name Is Red, tr. ErdaÄŸ M Gí¶knar:
- :I shudder in delight when I think of two-hundred-year-old books, dating back to the time of Tamerlane, volumes for which acquisitive giaours gleefully relinquish gold pieces and which they carry all the way back to their own countries ....
- Legendary king of Uruk.
- Hero of a Babylonian poem, "Epic of Gilgamesh".
- A Hindu Brahmin system of lineage
- A Sikh place of worship.
- A Hindu spiritual teacher.
- An advisor or mentor.
- He acted as her , giving much needed advice over the years.
- A leader or expert in a field.
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- one of a school of ancient Indian ascetic philosophers, reported in antiquity, who wore little clothing; a mystic
- 1973: I was speaking today with an unclothed Hindu religious, a parama-hamsa, on the steps of a Portuguese church, a true " Patrick O'Brian, HMS Surprise